Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8

by Steven Brown
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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writers: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello
Pencils: Andy Kubert

The war continues between Earth and the Kryptonians with casualties continuing to mount for Earth. Among those casualties is Batman! Superman resurrects his closest friend for the war, but at what cost? And as war races to Paradise Island, Wonder Woman readies the Amazons, but will it be enough to save them?

Frank and Brian tell a very emotional story here in Master Race #8. We see the bond between Batman and Superman in more depth, as Superman uses the Lazarus Pit to bring Batman back from the brink of death! Batman returns younger and back in his physical prime, but he’s partially angry at Clark for exposing him to the pit. Although on the brink of death, Batman still honors his code and the mission and Miller and Azzarello tell it well. My favorite encounter among many in this book has to be the invasion of Paradise Island by the Kryptonians. The aliens expect for it to be easy but they’ve never experienced the one thing Amazons have in spades — magic. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of that battle!

I’m not a personal fan of the romantic relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman. Although in many aspects it makes complete sense, I’ve always liked when they’ve had human romantic interests as it seemed to keep them more grounded and in touch with humanity.

The Master Race #8 is a great read if you’ve been following the series as a whole. The relationships between allies and friends are explored, and we actually see that the members of the Justice League are more than just members — they are actual friends who’d die for each other.

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